The Origins and History of Yaupon Holly

By Leroy Burnett

Leroy Burnett

As more and more people search for caffeinated alternatives to coffee, plant based tisanes are gaining traction for their health benefits. They have the ability to soothe and heal as they energize. As a result, tisanes containing caffeine are imported around the world to satisfy enormous demand. Interestingly, Yaupon Holly (Ilex Vomitoria), the only caffeinated plant native to North America, has for many years flown under the radar of the global tea market. Yaupon has a long history of use on this continent, and once boasted a strong global presence among the favored... Read more >

Yoga Break 5: Bridge Pose & English Breakfast

By Natasha Nesic

The primary accomplishment of Bridge (aka Setu Bandha Sarvangasana) is to put you in a very awkward position.

You're on your back, totally open to predators like your mom, who still isn't used to hearing weird thumps and sounds emanating from your room. From an evolutionary standpoint, it seems ridiculous. What were those ancient yogis thinking?

Yet Bridge is one of the most beneficial poses in your yoga arsenal, because Bridging is an antidote to sitting.

Oh yes.

It gets your body out of the tight, uncomfortable space that it's been accustomed to all week.... Read more >

Halloween Party Ideas for Adults

By Heather Edwards

How is an adult Halloween party different than for children? It's all about choices!

Not every adult enjoys the dressing-up-in-costumes concept, so suggest your guests check their closets for looks either goth or silly, using all-black, ghostly all-white, or deep blood-red as color schemes.

Entertainment is important, and nothing is more exciting (and scarier!) than watching classics of the horror genre. What's your favorite Frankenstein? Love the "Chucky" series? A Stephen King story? With a rich source from Netflix or Red Box or your local (free!) library, you'll have several... Read more >

Poached Pears in Tea

By Stephanie Kordan

Poaching fruit in tea is a good way to make the most out of an excess of fruit bought at the farmers' market. Pears in particular take to poaching nicely, as their soft flesh absorbs the flavor of tea. Poached pears are simple to make, and completely worth the wait.

As pears absorb the flavor of tea, it perfumes their flesh in a marvelous way. In an attempt to keep the flavor of the tea as the main note upon the tongue, I first poached then steeped the pears overnight in tea. (This isn't necessary to do, however, I like the stronger infusion of tea.) You'll find the process so easy,... Read more >

Making Mulled Spice Blends For Tea

By Stephanie Kordan

When I imagine cozy autumnal afternoons, I can almost smell the fragrance of cinnamon, nutmeg and spices wafting through my kitchen, as if some freshly baked warm gingerbread was left cooling on the counter. Of course, before I sink my fork into a piece of gingerbread, I want a hot cup of tea to go with it. Since I'm a tea lover, I'd rather have a chai latte than coffee to pair with my gingerbread cake.

Mulling spices with loose leaf black tea makes a wonderful tea latte to snuggle up with when fall arrives. Pumpkin spice lattes, move on over.

Ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, vanilla,... Read more >